Ash Ketchum

Ash Ketchum (Jp. Name: Satoshi)

Hometown: Pallet Town, Kanto
First Appearence In Episode: Pokémon! I Choose You!


Ash has always dreamed of becoming a Pokémon Master and as soon as he hit the age of 10 he rushed to Professor Oak's Laboratory to get his first Pokémon. Originally wanting to choose Squirtle, Ash ended up getting the Pokémon Pikachu and left on his journey. Starting off as a completely unskilled trainer, Ash managed to go through, with the assistance of his friends Misty & Brock and capture new Pokémon and defeat the gyms in Kanto, allowing him to enter in the Pokémon League. Since then he has continued to travel, make new friends and capture new Pokémon while still following his goal of becoming a Pokémon Master. Since this goal is so close to his heart, he sometimes acts a bit rash and rushes to the next battle he can as fast as possible.


During his travels Ash has managed to achieve many things. Below is a list of all the badges and leagues he has won so far in Japan:

Badges League Position
Boulder Badge Cascade Badge Thunder Badge Marsh Badge Rainbow Badge Soul Badge Volcano Badge Earth Badge Top 16
Coral Eye Badge Sea Ruby Badge SpikeShell Badge Jade Star Badge Winner
Zephyr Badge Insect Badge Plain Badge Fog Badge Storm Badge Mineral Badge Glacier Badge Rising Badge Top 8
Stone Badge Knuckle Badge Dynamo Badge Heat Badge Balance Badge Feather Badge Mind Badge Rain Badge Top 8
Knowledge Symbol Guts Symbol Tactics Symbol Luck Symbol Spirit Symbol Ability Symbol Brave Symbol Offer of Becoming Frontier Brain - Declined
Coal Badge Forest Badge Cobble Badge            

Pokémon on Team

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Pikachu was Ash's Starter Pokémon. It started off disobedient to Ash but soon changed its ways after seeing Ash defend it against a flock of Spearows. Since then Pikachu alone has assisted and been the cause of many of Ash's wins in battle and over time has adopted Ash's mannerisms. Pikachu hates being in its Pokéball so always stays out

Started with in episode: Pokémon! I Choose You!


After evolving from Starly during a battle with Team Rocket, mukkubird has started to shine more, showing its Flying Prowess more often with more brute strength. Having gained this power, Staravia has become a vital member of Ash's Team and relied upon to help search when searches are required

Evolved from Starly in episode: A Staravia Is Born


Turtwig is a powerful Pokémon that Ash met. While out in the wild, it helped many Pokémon that had disputes and calmed them down, sometimes with force, and then helped them solve their issues. After meeting Ash and protecting Pikachu from Team Rocket, Turtwig gained a friendship with Ash and allowed Ash to battle it in order for it to join Ash's team. It has some powerful attacks including Razor Leaf and is likely to be a vital part of Ash's team

Captured in episode: Gettin' Twiggy With It!


Chimchar is a Pokémon who was originally on Paul's team. After Paul's harsh training scheme, Chimchar failed to fit Paul's idea of its potential and so Paul released it. However, Ash, kindly offered to Chimchar to join his team which Chimchar eventually accepts. Despite not living up to Paul's idea of power, Chimchar has a lot of strength behind it and can hold its own in battle with powerful attacks such as Flamethrower and Fire Spin. While beginning to fit into Ash's team, Chimchar is shocked at how calm and peaceful the group is, and as such needs time to recover from Paul's harsh training.

Obtained in episode: Smells Like Team Spirit


Originally captured by Dawn, Buizel has always been an incredibly strong Pokémon with an aptitude for Pokémon Battles. After Zoey saw how Ash & Dawn had Pokémon that preferred the other's vocations, a trade followed. Now, Buizel is one of Ash's powerhouses with powerful moves such as Aqua Jet at is disposal, it will likely be called upon often for battles.

Traded to by Dawn in episode: Aipom & Buizel! Respective Roads!


Gligar was part of a flock of Gligar lead by a Gliscor that was causing some issues in a town. This Gligar however is fairly slow in eating and ends up last compared to the other Gligar. It's an eccentric Pokémon that is known to Wink alot. After Paul captured its leader and the flock disbanded, the Gligar decided to join Ash and Ash subsequently captured it

Captured in episode: Gliscor & Gligar! Getting Through The Wind Maze!

Pokémon at Oak's Lab

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After evolving from Grovyle to defend it's love interest, it lost all ability to use attacks. Eventually regaining the ability to use the attacks, Sceptile became a vital powerhouse in Ash's team which can hold its own against legendaries including Deoxys and Regirock. Despite being Ash's massive powerhouse, Ash decided to leave Sceptile at Oak's Lab while he traveled to Sinnoh

Evolved from Grovyle in episode: Odd Pokémon Out


After rejoining Ash's team as a Phanpy, it evolved to help free Pikachu from Team Rocket. However even after the evolution it kept its playful personality from being a Phanpy which sometimes can cause mayhem with other younger Pokémon. Since evolving it has become a powerhouse in Ash's team winning several Frontier Battles. It now resides back in Oak's Lab during Ash's journey to Sinnoh

Evolved from Phanpy in episode: Reversing The Charges


After evolving during a Pokémon Ring Contest, Swellow has partaken in many of Ash's battles in Gyms and Leagues and has got a good amount of wins under its wing. Swellow was left at Oak's Lab when Ash left for his journey to Sinnoh.

Evolved from Taillow in episode: That's Just Swellow


Corphish was captured while terrorising Dewford Island and its inhabitants. However once caught Corphish managed to tame it's terrorising attitude and become a vitally used member of Ash's team. However whenever one of Ash's Pokémon evolves or gets a bit more attention, Corphish does get the tendency to get a bit jealous. After its tenure with Ash through Hoenn and the Battle Frontier, Corphish was left at Oak's Lab.

Captured in episode: Gone Corphishin'


Glalie was newly evolved when Ash entered the Hoenn League. Convinced of its power Ash used it in a number of battles where it managed to hold its own successfully. After the league was over he decided to give it a break at Oak's Laboratory.

Evolved from Snorunt in episode: Rhapsody In Drew


Torkoal was found under attack by a bunch of Steel Pokémon in the valley. When Ash arrived to rescue it, it ran off but eventually followed Ash's instructions and defeated the Steel Pokémon. It is an emotional Pokémon which has been known to burst into tears when happy. Torkoal hasn't been in many gym battles but is used in standard battles on many occassions and proves it's strength in those battles. After the Hoenn League, Ash decided to give it some time off at Oak's Laboratory.

Captured in episode: All Torkoal, No Play!


Bulbasaur was the third Pokémon Ash caught. It had been protecting a village of Pokémon that were recovering from illnesses. Since then it became a vital part of Ash's team and won many gym and league battles for Ash. Bulbasaur has been given the choice to evolve but decided to stay at its base form. Long into his journey with Ash, Bulbasaur was called upon to stop fueds between the Pokémon in Oak's Lab and has continued to do so. It also appears to have a budding romance with May's Bulbasaur.

Caught in episode: Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village


After evolving from Chikorita, Bayleef kept it's longing feelings for Ash which did end up getting it in trouble on several occassions. However after getting used to its size, it managed to become a vital part of Ash's team and helped win many Gym & League battles. Ash left it at Oak's when he decided to make a fresh start when he left for Hoenn

Evolved from Chikorita in episode: Current Events


Ash was searching for a Cyndaquil for a while and ended up catching it in competition with another trainer. However at the start, Cyndaquil had trouble honeing and controlling its Fire abilities due to its shyness. Through training, Ash managed to help Cyndaquil overcome this problem and since it has been a vital Pokémon in several of Ash's gym battles. Ash left it at Oak's when he decided to make a fresh start when he left for Hoenn

Caught in episode: Good 'Quil Hunting


Totodile was captured by Ash using his Lure Ball. Since Misty also wanted it, they decided to battle in order to determine who's it was. Ash won. Totodile has a quirky personality and really likes to dance. It has even been known to use this dancing tactic to help win battles. Ash left it at Oak's when he decided to make a fresh start when he left for Hoenn

Caught in episode: The Totodile Duel


Noctowl is an incredibly rare Pokémon of Ash. It is a 'Shiny' Pokémon which glitters as it comes out of its Pokéball into battle. Due to its psychic abilities, it has been used many times to find & battle Ghost Pokémon aswell as the usual flying requirements that Ash utilises. Ash left it at Oak's when he decided to make a fresh start when he left for Hoenn

Caught in episode: Fowl Play


Heracross was the first Pokémon that Ash captured in Johto. It loves tree sap and has been known to suck the pollen out of Bulbasaur's Bulb on several occassions. It is a powerful Pokémon of Ash's and has been used in several Gym, League & Frontier battles.

Caught in episode: A Sappy Ending


Captured in the Orange Island swhen stealing all the fruit from a small Island range, Snorlax has become a major powerhouse of Ash's, when it is awake that is. Due to its massive feeding requirements, Ash felt it better to stay at Professor Oak's, however it is still used for a number of Gym, League & Frontier battles.

Caught in episode: Snack Attack


Evolving in its first ever battle in the Indigo League, Kingler is a good strong Pokémon that Ash has fallen back on in both the Indigo and Johto leagues. However it has not seen much experience outside of those leagues.

Evolved from Krabby in episode: Round One, Begin!


Captured after taking over a Power Plant, Muk was immediately sent to Professor Oak's Laboratory. While being there it grew incredibly affectionate and is known to hug Professor Oak on many occassions. However, past this affectionate yet slimey exterior, Muk has been used in several League battles and manages to hold its ground.

Caught in episode: Sparks Fly For Magnemite

Tauros (30)

When he was in the Safari Zone, Ash managed to capture 30 Tauros, all of which reside at Oak's Laboratory. However Ash has used one of the Tauros on several occassions in Leagues and Frontier battles

Caught in episode: The Legend Of Dratini

Pokémon That Can Be Called Upon

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After evolving from Charmeleon, Charizard didn't obey any orders that Ash gave and quite often used its flamethrower attack on Ash. However, after getting frozen in battle, Charizard started to respect Ash as Ash nursed it back to health. Since then it has been a vital powerhouse in Ash's team and has been used in several Gym, League & Frontier battles and has even held its own in battles against Entei and Articuno. It currently resides in the Charific Valley where it's doing some training.

Evolved from Charmeleon in episode: Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon


When Squirtle was captured, it was part of the Squirtle Squad, a terrorising group of Squirtles that were causing havoc around Vermillion City. However after gaining respect for Ash, it joined his team and has since become an incredibly compotent battler. It has won many Gym & League matches but has since returned to the Squirtle Squad to lead after the team started falling apart

Caught in episode: Here Comes the Squirtle Squad

Pokémon That He Used To Have

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Originally meeting Ash in a mountain where it worshipped a Giant Slaking, Aipom stole Ash's hat. However after Ash found Aipom, they quickly befriended. Ash originally was going to give the hat to Aipom but it gave it back. For a short time Aipom followed Ash and turned up at the Grand Festival, again stealing Ash's hat. Near to the finals of the Grand Festival, Ash decided to battle Aipom and finally caught it. Apart from it's battling strengths, Aipom has shown a great aptitude for Contests and as such, was eventually traded to Dawn for her Contests

Captured in episode: Channeling the Battle Zone Traded to Dawn in episode: Aipom & Buizel! Respective Roads!


While searching for Pikachu, Aipom accidentally injures a wild Starly. Angry from this, Starly attacked Aipom. Making quick work of it, Ash decided to capture Starly. After this, Starly was instrumental in helping find Pikachu. However, Starly does not have much battling expertise and lost its first battle, against another Starly. It evolved into Staravia during a battle with Team Rocket

Captured in episode: Two Degrees of Seperation!
Evolved into Staravia in episode: A Staravia Is Born


After evolving from Treecko, Grovyle became a little bit stubborn and really enjoyed challenges in battling. Grovyle liked to sit alone but still managed to hold its own in battle. During its tenure on Ash's team, it won many Gym & League matches. It ended up evolving into Sceptile to defend a Meganium that it had romantic feelings for

Evolved from Treecko in episode: Exploud and Clear!
Evolved into Sceptile in episode: Odd Pokémon Out


Phanpy hatched from an Egg that Ash won in a Pokémon Riding contest. Since it was newly hatched it had all the characteristics of a child; being playful and joyful. However beyond this happy go-lucky personality, Phanpy managed to pack quite a punch and held its own in the Johto League. It was left at Oak's when Ash decided to go to Hoenn but re-joined Ash's team when Ash returned and subsequently evolved into Donphan soon after.

Hatched from Egg in episode: Hatching A Plan
Evolved into Donphan in episode: Reversing The Charges


Snorunt originally met Ash through running off and stealing his Badge Case and Hat. After it's antics caused Ash to be in a life-threatening situation, it changed its ways and Ash managed to capture it. Snorunt wasn't used in battles much but Ash continually trained it on how to use Ice Beam, and once that was done, Snorunt evolved into Glalie

Captured in episode: Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snorunt!
Evolved into Glalie in episode: Rhapsody In Drew


Taillow first met Ash when it stole some chocolate of Ash & Co. in Petalburg Woods. Ash decided to try and get it back but the Taillow wound up bieng the leader of a flock which then attacked Ash. However after the intervention of Team Rocket, Taillow agreed to battle Ash and Ash managed to capture it. It was used in several gym battles and contests including the Pokémon Ring Contest where it evolved into Swellow

Captured in episode: You Can Never Taillow!
Evolved into Swellow in episode: That's Just Swellow


Treecko was a member of a group of Treecko that lived on a Giant Tree. Team Rocket wanted to utilise that tree and attacked. Ash defended the tree so Treecko agreed to battle and got captured. Treecko acted like a bit of a rebel, always having a twig in its mouth and had a number of Gym Battle wins under its belts. It eventually evolved in the middle of a tough battle against a Loudred

Captured in episode: Tree's A Crowd!
Evolved into Grovyle in episode: Exploud and Clear!


While not Ash's persay, Larvitar was in an egg that Ash was given to take to Professor Elm, however in transit of the Egg it hatched into Larvitar. Like any Pokémon just hatched it had the personality of a child, but a tortured child through memories of what happened to its mother. It froze up whenever anyone other than Ash spoke to it or held it, which it eventually managed to get over. Not long after meeting, Ash managed to return it to its mother and stopped the Poachers from ever disturbing them again

Hatched from Egg and given by Elm in episode: Hatch Me If You Can!
Given back to Larvitar's Mother in episode: Mother Of All Battles!


Chikorita was originally battled by Ash and severely injured by accident. After taking it to the Pokémon Center it was kidnapped by Team Rocket but then found by Ash who managed to befriend it. Ash ended up capturing it and it started getting deep feelings for Ash and even got jealous of Pikachu who was always out of it's Pokéball with Ash. It eventually evolved into Bayleef to get out of a trap set by Team Rocket

Caught in episode: The Chikorita Rescue
Evolved into Bayleef in episode: Current Events


Ash captured Beedrill while in the Bug Catching Contest just a bit shy from Goldenrod City in Johto. His capture of Beedrill made him win the contest. After the contest he decided to give the Beedrill to Casey as she loves Pokémon with Yellow and Black Stripes

Caught in episode: The Bug Stops Here
Given to Casey in episode: The Bug Stops Here


Lapras was the first Pokémon that Ash captured in the Orange Islands. Originally it was found washed up on a beach but Ash & Co. managed to help nurse it back to health until it was kidnapped by Team Rocket. Ash managed to free it and captured it until they could find Lapras' family. Lapras was primarily used as the gang's transport throughout the Orange Islands but it was also used in several of the Gym battles and the final League match. Ash eventually let it go to be with it's family, but saw it again when in Johto and helped it defend a lab and the other Lapras from Team Rocket

'Adopted' in episode: The Lost Lapras
Returned to its family in episode: Viva Las Lapras


After Pidgeot evolved, it went into battle against a flock of Spearow & Fearow that were terrorising Pidgey & Pidgeotto in Viridian Forest. After the battle was done, Ash decided to leave it in the forest to lead the flock, but left with the promise that he would someday return for it

Evolved from Pidgeotto in episode: Pallet Party Panic
Left In Viridian Forest in episode: Pallet Party Panic


Pidgeotto was Ash's second ever Pokémon captured. It was always used to search for missing Pokémon or people and was used a fair bit in Gym & League battles throughout Kanto. It ended up evolving in order to defend a flock of Pidgey & Pidgeotto in Viridian Forest

Caught in episode: Ash Catches a Pokémon!
Evolves into Pidgeot in episode: Pallet Party Panic


After Charmeleon evolved, it started to be a little less obedient to Ash than normal and essentially did what it wanted and went too far in battle. However when Ash fell into a pit of Fossil Pokémon, Charmeleon ended up evolving into Charizard to battle Aerodactyl

Evolved from Charmander in episode: March of the Exeggutor Squad
Evolved into Charizard in episode: Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon


Charmander was a neglected Pokémon owned by another trainer who just left it out to fend for itself in the rain. Ash however managed to save it and nursed it back to health. It eventually left it's old trainer and joined Ash on his quest. It had a few gym battles under its belt but eventually evolved after battling a few dozen Exeggutors simultaneously

'Adopted' in episode: Charmander! The Stray Pokémon
Evolves Into Charmeleon in episode: March of the Exeggutor Squad


Krabby was caught on the beach after Ash was teased about not actually capturing the Pokémon that he has on him. Right after he captured it, it went straight to Professor Oak's Laboratory Caught in episode: Mystery of the Lighthouse
Evolves into Kingler in episode: Round One! Begin


Ash first met Primeape after it, as a Mankey, stole his hat. Determined to get his hat back, Ash chased Primeape and battled with it ending with a capture. Primeape was a Pokémon that went beserk easily and originally didnt follow Ash's commands. However after Ash saved it from a fall in a fighting contest, it gained respect for Ash. After the contest, Ash decided to leave it with a trainer for more training so it could become a P1 Champion

Caught in episode: Primeape Goes Bananas
Given away in episode: The Punchy Pokémon


Ash met Haunter in the Pokémon Tower in Lavender Town. It, with several other ghost Pokémon played with Ash after he had been trapped under a chandeleir. However after Ash returned to his body, Haunter agreed to join Ash's team to battle Sabrina's Psychic Pokémon. Once it got to Saffron City, it disappeared but eventually returned to battle. However it was much more interested in joking about and imobolised Sabrina's Kadabra and thus Ash decided to leave Haunter with Sabrina

'Caught' in episode: The Tower of Terror
Given to in episode: Haunter Vs. Kadabra


After evolving from Metapod, Butterfree managed to defend Ash from a swarm of Beedrill. From this it managed to gain some power and became a vital part of Ash's team during it's tenure. It eventually left to start a family with a female Pink Butterfree

Evolved from Metapod in episode: Challenge of the Samauri
Released to Breed in episode: Bye Bye Butterfree


Raticate was only with Ash briefly. At a convention aboard the St. Anne, Ash decided to trade his Butterfree for a Raticate. However not long after he made this decision he regretted it and asked the trainer if he would trade it back, to which he agreed

Obtained in Trade with Gentlemen in episode: Battle Aboard the St. Anne
Traded Back in episode: Battle Aboard the St. Anne


Metapod was only with Ash for a short amount of time after its evolution from Caterpie. It was used in a battle where it was eventually injured, but not long after that it evolved into Butterfree

Evolved from Caterpie in episode: Ash Catches a Pokémon
Evolves into Butterfree in episode: Challenge of the Samauri


Caterpie was Ash's first capture. Caterpie was a happy Pokémon who liked Misty, who in turn didn't like him because he was a bug, and had a long held desire to become a Butterfree, a desire that he wasn't convinced he could do. After Team Rocket attacked, it managed to defeat their Pokémon and evolved into a Metapod, the first step on it's journey to his dream state.

Caught in episode: Ash Catches a Pokémon
Evolves into Metapod in episode: Ash Catches a Pokémon

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